Mr. Harrell, a 50-year-old diabetic, presented with a very unstable gait and had been previously diagnosed with left foot drop secondary to a stroke and leaving him with left side paralysis. Mr. Harrell would use his arms for balance while ambulating, and had experienced a number of falls.
To resolve his unstable gait, we fabricated a left double upright Ankle Foot Orthosis with extra depth shoes and custom accommodative inserts for Mr. Harrell. The AFO is used to control the instability in his lower limb by maintaining proper alignment and controlling motion and drop foot.
The Double Upright AFO will be attached to the diabetic shoe which allows for edema and protects the diabetic foot from any shear forces. His diabetic neuropathic condition requires extra depth shoes and custom diabetic inserts to accommodate his misshapen feet. The AFO will also protect his de-sensitized feet from repetitive stress and irritation – something his current shoes were not providing.
Mr. Harrell has been wearing the Double Upright AFO for a few weeks now and it has boosted his confidence. He has been very satisfied with the progress he has made toward resuming his normal walking routine.
Mr. Harrell had a few words to describe his patient experience at Collier:
“I had a stroke and lost a lot of my left side. I was treated with professionalism and the practitioner was very kind. I can now walk a lot better, love my new brace and shoes!” — AFO Patient Troy Harrell